How To Make Oral Rehydration Solution

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 20, 2017
How To Make Oral Rehydration Solution

When vomiting, diarrhea or food poisoning strike, fluid intake is essential to avoid dehydration. But drinking water may not be enough, because as well as the fluid, minerals are also eliminated from your body.

This is why it is recommended to take an Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) to replenish lost nutrients. If you do not have this kind of product at home, it can be made very easily and with very few ingredients that you will probably already have around. Read this OneHowTo article and discover how to make oral rehydration solution or ORS at home.

You'll need:
  • 1L water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 250ml lemon juice
Steps to follow:

Oral rehydration solution or ORS is an ideal solution to rehydrate after any disease or condition that has made us lose an important amount of liquid in our body. Due to the fact that water only gives us liquid but no minerals, it's important to resort to a product that favors saline and sugar production in our body. It's recommended to take ORS when:

  • You have diarrhea frequently.
  • You vomit.
  • You have stomach infections such as gastroenteritis.
  • You have high fevers, as this makes the body lose lots of fluids.
How To Make Oral Rehydration Solution - Step 1

To make oral dehydration solution, it is important to highlight that if you don't use bottled water to make it we must boil it properly first, as it's very important for the water to be free of any element that can worsen your condition and pain.

Pour the liter of water into a bottle, jug or similar bigger container. The container should have a capacity of at least 1.5 or 2 liters.


The next step to make ORS at home is to add a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to the water, this will allow us to make it taste better and add some useful vitamins to get better. Additionally, lemon also has other health benefits such as regulating our stomach's pH levels, prevents heartburn and improves digestion, which is why it's a great help when it comes to hydration.

How To Make Oral Rehydration Solution - Step 3

Next, add half a teaspoon of salt and half a teaspoon of baking soda, as well as two tablespoons of sugar. Baking soda contains the necessary electrolytes that are lost when we are sick and sugar helps the intestines absorb more water.

Shake the bottle to mix all the ingredients together well. If you have used a jug, use a wooden spoon or a long utensil to help you stir.

How To Make Oral Rehydration Solution - Step 4

You should take this homemade solution to replace minerals and electrolytes that your body has lost. This will help you avoid dehydration. You should drink at least two liters of this homemade and natural regenerative solution a day.


Oral rehydration solution is very efficient to avoid complications from diarrhea, gastroenteritis or vomiting, as both conditions cause excessive loss of fluids and require you to stay hydrated and replace lost minerals. If your condition does not improve after three days and is accompanied by fever, it is best to consult a physician.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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  • Oral rehydration solution is an excellent alternative for those who can't take commercial solutions.
  • Take it in small sips but constantly and see how you hydrate effectively again.

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